Syrian Regime Signs with Bullets, 150 Day 1, 220 Day 2


1:00 AM Damascus Time

For Prompt Release and Distribution

الأن تحصل مجزرة

حصري_إدلب _كنصفرة: استشهاد أكثر من150مدني في كنصفرة نتيجة قصف مركز على تجمعات النازحين المدنيين في المزارع بين الزيتون ..كانوا هاربين من مداهمات الامن و الشبيحة و هم من القرى التالية كنصفرة, كفرعويد, المزره 13 شهيد منهم من عائلة واحدة من بيت الحاج علي 4 شهداء أخوة

… القرى الان مكلومة و تدفن شهداءها تحت القصف و العدد مرشح للزيادة..أغلب الجثث وصلت متفحمة..

للعمل على إيقاف هذه المجزرة الآن: انشر هذا الخبر أيها القارئ الكريم في كل جروب أنت مشترك فيه، وفي صفحات الأخبار كلها

A massacre is ongoing right now.

Idlib, Kensafra, More than 150 civilians were murdered in Kensafra as a result of the targeted bombing of the gathering of refugees in between olive orchards. in several villages (Kensafra, Kafar-oueyd, Mazra). There are 13 martyrs from one family 4 brothres.

Villages are in mourning now and they are burying he martyrs. The number is increasing and most corpses arrived burned like charcoal.

Please distribute this on Facebook and in every news site.

بيان من برهان غليون

استغل النظام السوري التوقيع على بروتوكول المراقبين العرب في اطار المبادرة العربية للقيام بهجوم وحشي لا سابق له على المدن والاحياء السورية الثائرة.لقد بلغ عدد الشهداء في اليوم الاول لهذا التوقيع مئة وعشرين شهيدا وهو يتجاوز اليوم الثلاثاء المئتين وعشرين شهيدا اضافة الى مئات الجرحى والمفقودين.

ادعو الامين العام للجامعة العربية السيد نبيل العربي والامين العام للامم المتحدة بان كي مون للتدخل فورا لوقف المجازر التي يرتكبها النظام السوري بحق المدنيين العزل متسترا بتوقيعه على بروتوكول المراقبين كما ادعو الراي العام والمجتمع الدوليين للتظاهر والاحتجاج وعمل كل ما بوسعهما لاعلان تضامنهما مع الئعب السوري والعمل بجميع الوسائل لوضع حد لمجازر النظام السوري وفضح اعماله الوحشية.

A Press Release From Burhan Ghalyoun

The Syrian regime is using its signing on the observers’ protocol within the AL initiative to conduct a barbaric vicious attack on dissident villages and towns. The number of martyrs reach 120 on the first day, and today it is exceeding 220 martyrs in addition to hundreds of wounded and missing.

I call on the Secretary General of the Arab League, Mr. Nabil Al-Arabi and the Secretary General of the UN to interfere immediately to put a halt to the massacres being commited by the Syrian regime against unarmed civilians hiding under its signature of the observers’ protocol. I also call on the international community and the international public opinion to demonstrate and protest and do everything they could to declare solidarity with the Peoples of Syria and to spare to method to halt the massacres committed by the Syrian regime and to expose its barbaric actions.

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Posted on December 20, 2011, in Bashar Al-Assad, Crimes Against Humanity, Syria, Syrian Regime Crimes Against Humanity and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 148 Comments.

  1. Dear OTW,

    Thank you for the info about Mualem’s prophetic prediction.

  2. Dear OTW I wrote you a message at modotwblog@yahoo.com

  3. Dear Annie
    I got your email, a lot to think about. I will respond within 24 hours. Sorry for the lag. For now, all I can say that we are all fortunate to have someone like you around and with us.

  4. This is my view of yesterday’s explosions:
    First of all, both branches are located on streets that are relatively well traveled, both are open for public access. Parking, or even stopping in front of each unless at the stop sign a few meters away from the interior branch (which I previously referred to as the political branch, wrongly). Note that this is considered to be a pretty strong branch, as Hafez Makhluf heads it.
    The pedestrian walkways, on the other hand are a whole different situation. both branches have no pedestrian access to them, and are on streets that aren’t really traversed by pedestrian traffic.
    Now, the day before, the regime was saying that Qaeda fighters had entered from Lebanon from E’esal. Their entry into Syria was going to be via smuggling routes, because E’esal is a smuggling town. I’m not going to go into the details of such movements on the public web, but its near-impossible for anybody to smuggle themselves in, then go to Damascus with a couple of explosive-laden cars from that location in two days. It is also near impossible for Qaeda to actually gather the materials, and assemble the required explosives and devices to create a suicide-bomb car within two days, and with such an effective blast radius in two days. I’m no military expert, nor do I know much about this stuff, but don’t they need some time to get the explosives, install them, install the trigger mechanism, do stuff with the suspension, and such?
    Ah, the car couldn’t have been smuggled in ready-made from Lebanon, simply because there are no roads from E’esal into Syria other than smuggling routes, and those routes are mountain-trails that not many vehicles can traverse, never mind one filled with explosives.
    Then, you have the places where the explosions happened. Basically, these two cars traversed the whole length of Damascus on a Friday morning without anybody noticing them. People who have been to Damascus and know the roads and locations probably know the route these guys took.
    And this is just the logistics for the attack itself. Why hasn’t Qaeda taken responsibility for the attacks? Takfiri groups love to gloat to the media when they do such attacks. Most of the time, such attacks have more media effort put into them than they do on the attack itself. We haven’t heard a single terrorist group taking responsibility. Which is abnormal, to say the least.
    The fact that Syria’s Intelligence agencies were capable of telling who’s blueprints were visible on the attacks merely 13 minutes after they happened, setting what is a world record is also another telltale sign. What I saw was total chaos at the scenes, no organization at all. Before they even identified the cars, found the bodies of the suspects, even taken a look at recordings from the all-seeing cameras that are all over both locations, they managed to know who’s blueprints were there. Not Jund-Al-Sham, or Fatah-Il-Islam, or some other domestic terrorist group who have been pretty quiet, but AlQaeda. This is the first Qaeda attack on Syria soil, and they haven’t even announced the formation of AlQaeda in Bilad Al Shaam yet. They haven’t shown or declared any intention of attacking Syria, nor have they attacked anywhere in the Arab world where there is a revolution… Wait, didn’t they attack a Church in Egypt just before the revolution over there?
    Yeah. I know.
    Which brings us to the timing, the most obvious part of the whole farce. Qaeda, which has been quiet for the last… 8-7 years since the start of their operations in Iraq, easy access to the Iraq-Syria border, and absolutely resounding lack of attacks on Syrian soil manages to perform a pretty well coordinated attack, in two hard to hit locations, within meager minutes of each other, the day after the Arab League observers arrive. Which is the most inopportune timing for such terrorist groups to stage an attack.
    By the way, I’d like to mention that on each of the entrances to either branch, there are double-layer sand bag installations. Has anybody seen any sort of remains of these fortifications? I mean, they were higher than 1.5 meters, shouldn’t these sand bags leave at least a pile of sand where they were? I know, its a minor detail, but it seems to be important to me.
    This is all information everybody knows. Some interesting things I’ve been told by people who live near one of the explosion sites, is that at least one of the explosions happened inside the branch. Which, if proven, is clear proof that this was an inside job. Anyways, Security camera footage of either explosion which should be readily available from either location, since they both are choc-full of security cameras, should verify the regime’s claims. That is all they need to make us all believe them.

    Sheila, one of the most important reasons for criticism during duress and times of crisis is to prevent groupthink in an organization. Closing off negative feedback loops (criticism, in other words) during times of crisis has almost always caused failure. This is clear in the banking crisis of 2008, Italy’s fascist regime in WWII, Bush’s pre-Iraq War Silencing of dissenting media, and many other instances. And again, closing off criticism is one of the worst preludes, and results of dictatorial rule. Yeah, I know it might seem thankless, but it is necessary. The SNC people are well thanked for their efforts, but thanks and criticism are not two mutually-exclusive concepts, something many failing institutes of ego fail to realize. No, I am not calling you an institute of ego in any way ;)

    N.Z., this is all guessing, but methinks it may be a sign of the military camp in the regime trying to assert its authority, maybe even an attempt at telling the politicos to shut up. The way the regime is built, there is no real ‘study body’, or strategic studies center to advise. Advice is limited to the small body of advisers each of the head-honchos has. Right now, the only person at the top ranks who has a substantial number of advisers for stuff that actually matters is Betho. Maher and the military/intelligence guys, such as Assef, Ali Habeb and all the others don’t seem to have any advisers.
    This has a two fold effect on the actions we see happening in Syria now: you have a small, powerful circle of political leaders, who include Bouthaina, Farouk, Waleed and others who have a small corps of advisers, thus they take relatively sane decisions on the political front, with some input from outside the immediate ‘circle of power’. You have on the other hand, the political people who don’t listen to any advisers, who think alike, and who take their own decisions. These people aren’t getting any feedback (maybe they are, but they aren’t listening to it?) from any media channels, their whole decision making system is built upon stuff they decide to do, in closed meetings of some sort. They aren’t taking any input from outside, so as a totally military group they see this as a war. under this context, which is very shaky in my opinion as I don’t have any solid sources for my information, we can think of this as either one of two things: the military/intelligence group taking a decision to attack in Idleb to spite the political group, or at least to assert their ability to act regardless of them, thus asserting their independence, or the military/intelligence group attacking Idleb after a large buildup which was noticed in the days leading up to the actual attack, with maybe a slight alteration of timing to take into account the announcement.
    There is another situation that is more plausible, that the military wanted to stamp out FSA presence before the observers arrive, for some reason or the other. Maybe they got intel about a possible move by the FSA once the observers get to Idleb?

    All in all, there are a few things we should watch out for the next few days. First of all, footage from the security cameras should be out today or tomorrow at most, if we are to even believe the regime that this was not an inside job. Second, We should look out for the locations of the next bombings, their timing, and their frequency, as well as the regime response to each one. Third, the movements of the observers, and their interactions with each party, as well as how said interactions are reported by all those concerned. for the next two weeks, I think the FSA might be changing the pace and type of activity it takes, to give more room for spontaneous protesters around visiting observers maybe?
    All I have left to say is, if the last week taught us anything, it is that this regime has an unfathomable amount of despicable brutality at its disposition, and it will deploy its deprived tactics at an increasing rate in the near future. To what ends, I honestly don’t want to know.
    Merry Christmas everybody, I declare with utmost sorrow in my heart, as I watch the regime parade its own wares in the oppressed streets of old Damascus.

  5. Oh, this is grand. Just as I was writing my previous post, it seems the regime is again trying to show us how depraved it can be.
    The regime has cloned the Muslim Brotherhood site, ikhwansyria.com , at ikhwan-sy.com .
    I have to say though, the real site should adopt the Mukhabarat’s version. its a lot better designed.
    Anyways, they posted this:

    http://ikhwan-sy.com/?p=90

    as you can see, it is clear that the site is spanking new. the latest news item is only the 90th page…
    Anyways, here is what it says, incase they remove it:

    عملياتنا في دمشق الأبية, تبدأ من كفرسوسة
    2011-12-23
    بيان صادر عن جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في سورية:

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    (ونريد أن نمن على الذين استضعفوا في الأرض, ونجعلهم أئمة ونجعلهم الوارثين) صدق الله العظيم
    بحمد الله وبركاته ونعمه وفضله, تمكنت إحدى كتائبنا الجهادية حزب السنة الغالبون
    من استهداف مبنى إدارة أمن الدولة في كفرسوسة بقلب عاصمة الأمويين دمشق بعملية ناجحة
    نفذها أربع استشهاديون من خيرة شبابنا المجاهد, أوقعت العديد من القتلى والجرحى من صفوف
    العصابة الأسدية.
    ونحن كمدافعين عن الشعب السوري وعن مقدسات هذه الأمة نرسل برسالة إلى عصابة الأسد, أن أول الغيث
    قطرة, وهذه بداية تحرير دمشق وهذا فيض من غيض.. الله ولينا, نعم المولى ونعم النصير..
    ومن هنا نحذر الإخوة المواطنين وننصحهم بعدم الاقتراب من المراكز الحكومية والفروع الأمنية
    لأن وحداتنا الاستشهادية في حالة جهوزيتها القصوى لتنفيذ عملياتها النوعية في دمشق
    وحلب وأرض الشام المباركة خلال الأيام العشرة القادمة.
    ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد.. ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد.. ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد..

    جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في سورية
    هيئة التنسيق الإعلامية داخل سورية
    دمشق 28 محرم- 1433 هجرية

    Now, this isn’t the most telling part of the site. The whois information, on the other hand, is. from http://www.whois.net/whois/ikhwan-sy.com :
    WHOIS information for ikhwan-sy.com :
    [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
    [Redirected to whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    [Querying whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    [whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    Registration Service Provided By: RABI3 SORIA
    Contact: +944.858698

    Domain Name: IKHWAN-SY.COM

    Registrant:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Creation Date: 30-Nov-2011
    Expiration Date: 30-Nov-2012

    Domain servers in listed order:
    ns1.c0derz.com
    ns2.c0derz.com

    Administrative Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Technical Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Billing Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Status:LOCKED
    Note: This Domain Name is currently Locked. In this status the domain
    name cannot be transferred, hijacked, or modified. The Owner of this
    domain name can easily change this status from their control panel.
    This feature is provided as a security measure against fraudulent domain name hijacking.

    ___________________________________________
    Engineer Emile B. Kas Nasrallah, 27 years old, and a great sheikh of the Muslim Brotherhood in Aleppo, kindly left his number where for us, so that we can call him and inquire into future operations by the MB.

  6. Oh, and the MB had the peace of mind to use the same registrar and host as shabi7a.com . This keeps getting better and better.

  7. Don’t know why it won’t post this comment:

    Oh, this is grand. Just as I was writing my previous post, it seems the regime is again trying to show us how depraved it can be.
    The regime has cloned the Muslim Brotherhood site, ikhwansyria.com , at ikhwan-sy.com .
    I have to say though, the real site should adopt the Mukhabarat’s version. its a lot better designed.
    Anyways, they posted this:

    http://ikhwan-sy.com/?p=90

    as you can see, it is clear that the site is spanking new. the latest news item is only the 90th page…
    Anyways, here is what it says, incase they remove it:

    عملياتنا في دمشق الأبية, تبدأ من كفرسوسة
    2011-12-23
    بيان صادر عن جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في سورية:

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    (ونريد أن نمن على الذين استضعفوا في الأرض, ونجعلهم أئمة ونجعلهم الوارثين) صدق الله العظيم
    بحمد الله وبركاته ونعمه وفضله, تمكنت إحدى كتائبنا الجهادية حزب السنة الغالبون
    من استهداف مبنى إدارة أمن الدولة في كفرسوسة بقلب عاصمة الأمويين دمشق بعملية ناجحة
    نفذها أربع استشهاديون من خيرة شبابنا المجاهد, أوقعت العديد من القتلى والجرحى من صفوف
    العصابة الأسدية.
    ونحن كمدافعين عن الشعب السوري وعن مقدسات هذه الأمة نرسل برسالة إلى عصابة الأسد, أن أول الغيث
    قطرة, وهذه بداية تحرير دمشق وهذا فيض من غيض.. الله ولينا, نعم المولى ونعم النصير..
    ومن هنا نحذر الإخوة المواطنين وننصحهم بعدم الاقتراب من المراكز الحكومية والفروع الأمنية
    لأن وحداتنا الاستشهادية في حالة جهوزيتها القصوى لتنفيذ عملياتها النوعية في دمشق
    وحلب وأرض الشام المباركة خلال الأيام العشرة القادمة.
    ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد.. ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد.. ألا هل بلغت .. اللهم فاشهد..

    جماعة الإخوان المسلمين في سورية
    هيئة التنسيق الإعلامية داخل سورية
    دمشق 28 محرم- 1433 هجرية

    Now, this isn’t the most telling part of the site. The whois information, on the other hand, is. from http://www.whois.net/whois/ikhwan-sy.com :
    WHOIS information for ikhwan-sy.com :
    [Querying whois.verisign-grs.com]
    [Redirected to whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    [Querying whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    [whois.PublicDomainRegistry.com]
    Registration Service Provided By: RABI3 SORIA
    Contact: +944.858698

    Domain Name: IKHWAN-SY.COM

    Registrant:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Creation Date: 30-Nov-2011
    Expiration Date: 30-Nov-2012

    Domain servers in listed order:
    ns1.c0derz.com
    ns2.c0derz.com

    Administrative Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Technical Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Billing Contact:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Status:LOCKED
    Note: This Domain Name is currently Locked. In this status the domain
    name cannot be transferred, hijacked, or modified. The Owner of this
    domain name can easily change this status from their control panel.
    This feature is provided as a security measure against fraudulent domain name hijacking.

    ___________________________________________
    Engineer Emile B. Kas Nasrallah, 27 years old, and a great sheikh of the Muslim Brotherhood in Aleppo, kindly left his number where for us, so that we can call him and inquire into future operations by the MB.

  8. Allah protect Ahl Homs! Now the FSA should increase the attacks in the surrounding area

  9. SYRIAN HAMSTER

    hazrid, you’ll love this one

    E.S.N.N
    فضيحة كبيرة
    إنشاء موقع على الانترنت ينتحل شخصية الإخوان المسلمين من إيميل قس نصر الله

    تفاجأ الجميع بموقع للاخوان المسلمين في سوريا على الرابط التالي:

    http://ikhwan-sy.com/

    يقوم هذا الموقع بتنبني التفجيرات التي حصلت في دمشق وعمليات الخطف في حمص.

    لدى العودة لبيانات الموقع و إنشاؤه كما وردت في موقع whois.net
    نجد معلومات الموقع التالية على الرابط

    http://www.whois.net/whois/ikhwan-sy.com

    و المعلومات تشير لمايلي :
    Domain Name: IKHWAN-SY.COM

    Registrant:
    Fan News
    Tammam (emile_k17@hotmail.com)
    Damascus
    damascus
    Dimashq,00963
    SY
    Tel. +966.966677751

    Creation Date: 30-Nov-2011
    Expiration Date: 30-Nov-2012

    وفيها أن الموقع تم انشاؤه في 30 تشرين الثاني من عام 2011
    ومن قام بشراء النطاق نسي اخفاء معلوماته و هي البريد الالكتروني و الذي يرسل عليه رمز تفعيل الموقع وبالتالي لا يمكن ان يتم وضع ايميل خاطئ لان البريد الخاطئ يعني أن صاحب البريد يستطيع التحكم بالموقع.

    المهم بالعودة للبريد المذكور
    emile_k17@hotmail.com
    والبحث فيه بالغوغل تبين أنه يعود للسيد إيميل قس نصر الله
    صفحته على الانترنت

    http://www.facebook.com/emile.kasnasrallah

    ضمن معلومات الاتصال الخاصة به
    نجد نفس الايميل
    المعلومات الأساسية
    Emile Kas Nasrallah، (إميل قس نصرالله)

    تاريخ الميلاد 17 أبريل، 1984
    الجنس ذكر
    مهتم/مهتمة بـ النساء
    الحالة الاجتماعية أعزب
    اللغات Arabic، English، Greek وFrançais
    الآراء السياسية
    christian
    معلومات الاتصال
    Screen Names
    emile.k17Skype
    emilekasnasrallahGoogle Talk
    emile_k17@hotmail.comWindows Live Messenger
    emile_ka@yahoo.comYahoo! Messenger
    الموقع الإلكتروني

    http://www.ulworld.com/

    http://www.ulworld.tv/

  10. As expected, the victims of the Damascus explosion were buried without even being identified.

    It is impossible to see how this attack could in any shape, way or form have benefinited the regime. If it was indeed Al-Qaeda, then the regime supporters will rightly ask how, after 10 months, it is possible for such a colossal security blunder to have allowed an attack on the nerve center of the country’s intelligence aparatus.

    And if the regime staged the attacks, every mukhabarat agent will be wondering whether he is next to be offered up as a sacrificial lamb.

    Also quite telling that Betho the Baffled didn’t even bother putting in an appearance at the funerals. Come out junior, where are you hiding and giggling.

  11. Yeah Hamster, I’ve been trying to post the whois info for a while now. I looked around, and it seems like this guy’s brother is the Minister of Religious Affairs’ adviser.
    How connected this guy is to the Mukhabarat can tell us a lot of information about the actual explosions.
    The domain, strangely enough, was registered 21 days or so before the explosions. The site itself, made in WordPress is pretty sparse, as if it was purpose made. It started operating on the 3rd of this month, the day of the first blog post. The announcement, which the site records was posted the same day as the explosion is well written, which indicates at least some thought being put into it before-time. The dates of each post are verifiable from Google blogs. Other than the 8 blog posts, it is pretty empty.
    You can see cached copies of previous pages here:

    https://encrypted.google.com/search?tbm=blg&hl=en&source=hp&biw=1366&bih=677&q=ikhwan-sy.com&btnG=Search&gbv=2#q=ikhwan-sy.com+blogurl:http://ikhwan-sy.com/&hl=en&gbv=2&tbm=blg&sa=X&ei=_-f1TqeMAsT5rAfg88TdDw&ved=0CC8Q1gUwAA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.,cf.osb&fp=d04597d05d663ea2&biw=1366&bih=677

    The site has been taken down by its owner. I’m guessing he’s having a very nice time right now, what with all his contact details all over the internet. He could have paid for the whois guard from the start, something that comes for free with most domain purchases. Oh well, Maybe next time they’ll learn.

  12. Thank you dear and bright Sheila for your xmas wishes hoping the milad will bring a just and real peace to the region.

  13. Son of Damascus

    Hazird,

    Here is a link to the Ikwanbarat’s google cache, you can read the actual posts rather than just preview them.

    https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?output=&sitesearch=&hl=en&q=cache%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fikhwan-sy.com&submit=Search+the+Web

  14. It’s Christmas Eve in Syria, Jesus Christ’s birth. Let us all, Syrians and non Syrians, Christians and Muslims, remember the central theme of Jesus’ message, “freeing the oppressed” a theme that is so silently ignored.

    I wish you all a New year filled with LOVE and PEACE, a 2012 free of oppression and injustice.

    Dear Off The Wall, and 7ee6anis,

    A peaceful Christmas and 2012 Free Syria.

  15. Landis abviously believes the official story of both Damascus and Washington:

    “It reminds me of the notion that Washington was behind the World Trade Center bombing to provide a pretext for invading Iraq. I don’t give either much credibility. Both fit a rather perverse “qui bono,” or “who benefits” text, but I shouldn’t think that either are likely. I am only surprised that we haven’t seen the use of suicide bombing sooner.”

    Just show us the real tapes from the security cameras in kafer souseh and pentagon and put all of us to rest forever.

  16. Landis is biased against the revolution, because of his inherent Islamophobia and his family connections.

  17. Husam

    “Just show us the real tapes from the security cameras in kafer souseh and pentagon and put all of us to rest forever.”

    Yep, and a list of the deceased. This was the first funeral I’ve ever seen where relatives of the deceased don’t take part.

    I’d have expected Landis to at least point out the inconsistencies in the regime’s narrative, given that he is supposed to be an analyst and not a propagandist. Like they said on Facebook, how could the regime have pinned the blame on Al Qaeda within 15 minutes. A friggin urine test takes half an hour.

  18. Guys, what do you think about the recent developments in the occupied Golan , for the first time the Druze have come out in huge numbers to protest against the regime and in favour of the Uprising. This is a very significant development because this marks the first large-scale anti-regime demonstrations in minority areas.

    Also note that these guys were taking an incredible risk, flying the Syrian Flag in the Golan, you know its banned by the Israeli authorities.

    The demonstrations were pretty huge. The entire Druze town of Majdal Shams came out on Friday –

  19. KT, AP,

    A. I am unaware of any ban on flying the Syrian flag in the Golan (or come to think of it, anywhere else). What can really piss someone off is the PLO/PA flag, which used to be illegal.

    B. Most Golan Druze do not have Israeli citizenship (though they are allowed to apply, and AFAIK are very likely to get it if they do).

    C. Per articles in the Israeli press, the Druze in the beginning supported Assad, but apparently this changed by now. Perhaps what this means is probably that most of the community now believes Assad will lose… Or that opinion has turned sharply against him, and well, the Mukhabarat would not be allowed in there… Either way, this is a sideshow.

  20. Y.,

    There is indeed a ban on flying the flag of an enemy state, Syria is still an enemy state for Israel, the PLO used to be. Especially flying the Syrian Flag in a sensitive demilitarized zone like the Golan is very risky.

    As far as Syria is concerned, Golan is a part of Syria, and therefore these people are de facto Syrian citizens. So the menhebaks cannot claim that Israelis are protesting against the regime.

    The Druze in the Golan were initially divided.

    The Mukhabarat never could set foot inside the Golan, but they have a few Shabbiha wihtin the Druze community, some of these thugs turned up at the protests in cars, armed with baseball bats, but they got soundly thrashed by the protestors instead !!

  21. KT,

    The PLO flag used to be illegal because it is illegal to express support for terrorist organizations (like by flying the colors thereof)[0], which is how Israel defined PLO. And the PLO had no state pre-Oslo period. After Oslo it became the flag of the PA, which supposedly had we a peace process with (though not recognized as a state), so it became legal to fly (but will still piss people off).

    Now, I’ve searched, and couldn’t find any ban of an enemy state flag, though it’s possible I’ve missed it (I’m no lawyer). I did find mention the Syrian flag is common there and pictures of Golan Druze with Syrian flag[1], so it must be not that dangerous.

    [0]

    http://he.wikisource.org/wiki/פקודת_מניעת_טרור

    [1]

    http://www.srugim.co.il/15967-הדרוזים-בגולן-דגלי-סוריה-ותמונות-של-אס

  22. Y,

    Why are Israelis still pissed off at the PLO flag ? Also, it is the same flag which is the official flag of the Baath Party.

    Also, do Israelis in general still have a very low opinion about Yasser Arafat, PLO/Fatah and heir whole programme ?

  23. KT,

    I butted in earlier since it was sorta relevant to Syria (since it does claim the Golan after all), and well, on an issue I could be somewhat helpful on. However, I’d rather not talk directly about the Country-Which-Must-Not-Be-Named (sorry, bad joke), because last time it led to a flamewar, and well, this blog is about Syria (for now at least). Lets just say you can’t expect too good an opinion from Israelis (well, Israeli Jews at least) of Arafat/PLO given all that happened.

  24. If anyone still harbors any doubts as to the craziness of the ordinary Homsi, I offer you this :)

    Redefines “grace under fire”. This is in a place called Inshaat, an upper class neighborhood right next to Baba Amr, and which has also suffered alot of victims to the regime’s oppression.

  25. Son of Damascus

    Dear fellow 7ee6anis,

    If today you are celebrating Christmas let me extend my warmest holiday wishes to you and your family, may you celebrate this day surrounded by loved ones.

    Merry Christmas

    Son of Damascus

  26. SYRIAN HAMSTER

    May everyone’s Christmas wishes to others become true for her/him as well. I wish you all the serenity that only comes from being honest with oneself.
    .

  27. Dear hazrid
    I just noticed two of your comments in the spam box and released them immediately. I looked at the content and the main difference between what you posted and what hamster posted later was that your posts included square brackets with web links in them, the filter may have interpreted that as being an attempt to embed code in the comment.

    Please accept my apology.

    And to All, Merry Christmas.

  28. I find it very odd that many are reporting that no names have been published of the bombing victims, is there a partial list at least? Could it be that these people / flesh carried out were already dead or ex-prisoners?

    Alahu A’lam we may never know.

    I hope 2012 fast becomes the end of the bloodletting.

  29. Aboud,

    Sorry, I missed your comment; at least we find something to agree on. While many things look fishy, I hate to make conclusion so fast depite my feelings now. As smart as we think we are, the truth, the real truth can be contrary to our judgment.

    In today’s environment, my right hand doesn’t trust my left. Anything is possible.

    A friend of mine just back from Egypt was telling me that he witnessed himself that people alike infiltrating the peaceful demonstrations and provoking the army with rocks and real bullets for no reason. Rumors are now going around that Mubarak loyalist are paying people to stoke the fire. Three days ago, that did not cross my mind. So, once again I feel like in a dark room.

    Who knows! Even on here or SC, my identity, yours, KT, SNK, SF, all of us is masked. It is like a big maze.

    The only thing I know for sure is 40 years of one corrupt family rule is/was killing Syria and its future.

  30. Husam

    “While many things look fishy, I hate to make conclusion so fast depite my feelings now”

    We live in times that are so fishy I can almost taste the tuna every morning when I wake up.

    The burden of proof is on the regime to prove that it was Al Qaeda, an organization that hitherto had shown no interest whatsoever in Syria. When was the last time Al Qaeda pulled off anything remotley like this?

    Landis’ comparisons with 9/11 are idiotic. After ten years of conspiracy talk, every 9/11 conspiracy theory has been shredded to pieces. The Americans took their sweet time in pointing the finger at Al Qaeda. It took Landis’s Baathist friends only ten minutes to do likewise.

    No list of victims, an all too convenient timing, and a regime where lying and fabrication are as second nature as mehti snorting, should have raised red flags in even the most diehard of Besho worshipers. But hey, if Landis wants to risk his crediblity by going on record as believing anything the regime of Waleed “Oh noes that was Tripoli? I could have sworn it was Homs” Mu’allem puts out, then who am I to deny him the pleasure.

    Anyway, Suria bi khayr, and anyone who says otherwise must be working for Sheikh Hamad. Duh. Khalas, khelsit. Next week maybe. Or the week after that. Really, anyday now ra7 tekhlas, as the menhebaks have been telling themselves week after week.

  31. If three months from now, someone argued that AL-Qaida mode of operation is to release a tape that was shot before the incident, how much you wanna bet that a tape will all of the sudden surface showing two perpetrators getting ready for a mission and it will be sent to Al-dunya tv

  32. Merry Christmas everyone
    ميلاد مجيد

  33. I really did not want to chime in on the explosions story. But i think that my dear friend Joshua has it wrong. To begin with the US politics, despite of all the deal making remains deliberative politics and the system works with a pile of checks and balances that would eliminate any chance of a conspiracy such as the one required for Sept 11 to be a US government made disaster.

    On the other hand, the Syrian thuggish regime is a conspiratorial regime by its nature. Any one who watches the official media and its dirty sisters will recognize the cheep and stupid conspiratorial nature of this regime. The regime, being so, also views and perpetuates a conspiracy explanation of event. Equating the two is a nativity i had not expected from Joshua. I think that rationality has limits, and those limits are not dictated by how rational the person analyzing the events but by the irrationality of those making the events.
    .

  34. Merry Christmas everyone. To be honest I’m surprised there is still a Homs left this morning with all the shelling that was going on last night.

  35. Dear OTW,
    I posted this yesterday on SC. It is funny how close it is to what you posted today on 7ee6an:

    Dear Dr. Landis,
    You said: ”I was asked by journalists today what I thought about the notion that the Syrian government planned the car bombs to provide a pretext for their increasingly violent crackdown on the opposition. It reminds me of the notion that Washington was behind the World Trade Center bombing to provide a pretext for invading Iraq. I don’t give either much credibility”.
    I am a little shocked at this statement. Comparing the 9/11 conspiracy theory to the bombings in Syria is not something that an “expert” in Syria would do. The 9/11 conspiracy is very far fetched. For the US government to plan an attack on the scale of 9/11 and keep it as a secret is very near to impossible. The way the US government works makes it so. However, the way the Syrian regime works make it very plausible for it to do such things and never be exposed. The Syrian regime works and thinks like a Mafia. A group of criminals that are capable of doing anything. The regime today is under immense pressure, do you really put something like this beyond them? I am not saying it is a certainty that the regime did it, but not to give any credibility to such a claim is naïve at best.

  36. Dear fellow 7ee6anis,

    I noticed only yesterday the banking details for the funds appeal. They are on top, on the right hand side.
    Help Assad’s Victims
    Association for
    Support of
    Syrian
    People

    Agency: SG Paris uf (03100) (Socite General)
    IBAN: FR76 3000 3031 0000 0372 6418 745
    BIC: SOGEFRPP
    Bank 3003
    Branch: 03100
    Account Number: 00037264187
    Key: 45
    For more Information

    Congrats OTW

  37. Dear SHEILA
    It is very likely that I read your post on SC and your ideas stuck in my mind. I never stopped visiting SC.

  38. Dear OTW,
    No, I think we just think alike. Remember last time we posted almost at the same time what looked almost identical?

  39. Kurds and Assyrians come together to protest against the regime, Qamishli :

  40. Good find dear Khaled, thanks for documenting these critical moments of the Syrian Revolution on 7ee6an. I like it when you search and find unity and not divisions. If I tell you of the number of people from ALL components of the Syrian fabric who are active in the revolution, you will not believe it. And when I say ALL, i mean ALL with no exception. I work with them every day. Again, it is good feeling when I see you looking for unity and not divisions. I hope such will last long.

  41. Aboud | said :

    December 25, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    “Merry Christmas everyone. To be honest I’m surprised there is still a Homs left this morning with all the shelling that was going on last night”

    Aboud, how many people died last night ? What has been the FSA reaction, are they resisting ? Does this means the uprising in Homs has been finished ? I’m very worried that the uprising might fizzle out.

    Abdel Bari Atwan said on Dateline London BBC ) that the protests in Syria will soon fizzle out and finsish, because “people are fed up and tired and seen that the international community is not interested in them, so pl will soon stop protesting and go back home” He said something on these lines..

  42. OTW,

    I was not a sectarian person before 8 months, however this uprising has made me sectarian in the way it has been cold-shouldered by Syria’s minorities and Sunni secularists, and Shia regimes in countriies like Lebanonm Iran and Iraq, it made me feel that as Sunnis we are all alone and everyone wants to finish us off.

    However, in the recent days, since the last week, we have been seeing more anti-regime activity in minority areas. There have been anti-regime demos ( small ) by Christains in Homs and Al Hasakeh, the Druze in the Golan have rallied to the uprising banner, the entire Kurdish region is up in arms and the Assyrian Christians who reside in these regions have joined their Kurdish neighbours.

    The attempt by the regime to create more fear in the minoriites by those false flag ops in Kafr Souseh have been a terrible flop. On the same day, the Druze were taking out their rallies in the Golan.

  43. A thought-inspiring video, about the failed 1991 Iraqi uprising. In 1991, just after the Gulf War, there was a mass uprising among the Shia majoroty of Iraq against Saddam. The armed revolutionaries and defected soldiers succeeded in taking Karbala City and controlled it for 15 days, but were ultimately crushed by Saddam’s forces. This video has visual video recording of many events in Karbala during the Uprising.

    I think this documentary is very relevant to the Syrian Uprising, especially the situation in Homs. Please watch the video Aboud, and do ur own analysis and tell how we can avoid a similar scenario and whether Besho is willing to use the same force like Saddam ( chemical weapons, Scud attacks, etc. ) Pls this is very important, ur inputs will be appreciated too OTW.

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